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Stratus Admissions Counseling
MBA Admissions Counseling Packages
Comprehensive MBA admissions consulting services with an experienced team of dedicated MBA counselors with degrees from top schools. The team is made up of a Primary Counselor, Senior Strategist, School Specific Readers, Qualified Proofreaders, and a Client Relationship Manager. Comprehensive guidance is offered per program to ensure that you present your most compelling narrative throughout the admissions process.


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     By Wigglestar 0 0

In short, Stratus has helped to me to get into my dream school, a top top MBA program.

My primary counselor is Donna, and my senior strategist is Susan. I initially signed up for the four school package. Then I added three more schools in R2.

Reasons why I really enjoyed working with Donna

1)She was extremely responsible and fully committed to my success. Her average turnover time was about 24 hours. She was incredibly responsive even throughout the holiday seasons.

2)She took the time to get to know me as a person. I felt that I was being treated as a friend or a family member. One example to demonstrate that, she actually suggested that I should not waste my money to apply to the seventh school on my list (which was another safe school) when I was accepted by my dream school, even though she would make less money as a result. I also met her in person when I was visiting UNC. She showed me around town and bought me lunch before my interview.

3)She is remarkably knowledgeable about UNC and Kellogg. If you are specifically interested in these two great schools, she is the person to go to. She had worked on the admissions team at UNC for many years. Nobody knows UNC better than she does. As a Kellogg alum who had interviewed applicants in the past, she knows how to prepare you for anything.

Reasons why I am glad I chose Stratus

1)Their 4+ school guarantee made me feel secure about spending this amount of money, even though I was lucky not to end up using it.

2)The secondary viewer was particularly helpful at helping me identify possible weaknesses that I had missed.

3)My senior strategist Susan knew about every school inside and out. Even though I did not work with her directly, she helped me to build the framework in my every essay.

4)When I was accepted into a school, I was personally congratulated by everyone on the team


I also want to let you guys know that I had contacted five admissions consulting companies in total. Here are my experience at the other four companies:

Company A: Very fast response and I was able to schedule 30 minutes Skype call with a consultant for free evaluation. The consultant whom I spoke to was professional and knowledgeable. The only concern I had was that he did not have any experience working on the admissions team.

Company V: The person I spoke to said that I could not talk with one of their consultants because they have to “protect” them. I was offended by this statement. I am here to give you a chance to convince me to give you my money, why would you need protection?? You need to be protected from what?! What was also really annoying about this company was that they called my cell number and Skyped me at least seven times after I clearly said that I would contact them if I decided to use their services.

Company P: They replied to my request for profile evaluation two weeks later. At that time, I had already signed up with Stratus.

Company S: The lady I spoke to was typing the whole time during our 10 minutes conversation. She also said something about “you better sign up now because we are almost full.” I just did not like the way I was treated.

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1 Commented by susancera on February 15, 2017
Thanks so much for your words of support. Donna is genuinely committed to the success of her clients and has outstanding knowledge and insight about UNC and Kellogg.
2 Commented by StratusMBACounselor on February 16, 2017
Thanks so much for this thoughtful review! I truly do try to treat my clients like family and I think about what is in their best interest! I also appreciate the highlighting of the team approach at Stratus as this helps clients to get the best from not only their counselor but the whole Stratus team and this is what sets Stratus apart! Susan is one example of the very strong team at Stratus and we all work very well together to get the best results for our clients!
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     By Philip212 1 0

Overall I moderately impressed with Stratus’s package. I felt like they were a little conservative in their school selection (Obviously it’s to their incentive to get you into school and not risk it on a better school). I felt the packet that was provided was not very useful. Seemed too structured and one size fit all. I did get into every school I applied to so far, still waiting to hear back from one but am satisfied with at least one of the three I have been admitted to.

My personal consultant, Santosh, was very helpful and always responded quickly. He seemed very interested in me getting in and guiding my decision. He definitely would deserve a 5 star rating.

In sum Stratus is worth the money if you really need a guiding hand in the process. They are not magic workers and really don’t have any secret sauce so if you are a good planner you are probably better off just paying for review of essays by them or someone else.

I should note that they are providing me a $20 Amazon gift card for providing this review.

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Good guidance
July 23 | 2017
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     By phoenixgirl 2 0

I was very skeptical about working with Stratus initially because of some warnings that someone gave me, but I was glad that I still chose to go with them. I signed up with them right before the Thanksgiving weekend and started working with them in December. Given that I had only about a month to apply to 6+ schools, anxiety kicked in and I was frustrated at Stratus for not having that sense of urgency that I was facing. But it was a learning process for me to place my trust and faith in them and their timeline. Everything went smoothly since I obviously made this my top priority and tried to do a quick turnaround. I worked with Santosh and he was sensitive to all my concerns and responded promptly to all my questions. Definitely worth it for the guidance and knowing you're not going at it alone!

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     By bglackey 0 0

Stratus Admissions went above and beyond all of my expectations. One of the most important things that they did was to help me understand the different MBA programs better and to find the specific program that matched my core values and goals in life after graduation.

I was matched with Cartha Siddiqui, we both have a background in energy, which meant that she understood a lot about my professional experiences before we even met. This was very helpful and I appreciated the fact that Stratus Admissions strategically selects the right counselor for you based on your background and needs.

Cartha was very good at helping me brainstorm ideas for my essays as well as helping me understand what qualities the admission teams were looking for. To be clear, Stratus will not write your essays for you, but they will give you lots of introspection homework to help you to understand yourself better, which puts you in a better position to write you own essays.

The only thing that I would do different if I had to do it again is to hire Stratus Admissions sooner in the application process.

I can not say enough good things about Cartha and the Stratus Admissions Team, and I would recommend them to anyone that is interested in making their application as professional as possible, understand what the different MBA programs strengths and weaknesses are, and understand who you are better through the homework and introspection that you will be doing throughout Stratus's program.

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     By kxz 0 0

I owe Stratus Prep, and specifically Susan Cera, a lot when it comes to knowing how to shape my application and convey my story into the right words for each school I applied to. I ended up getting into a dream program, even with so-so GMAT scores, an average undergraduate GPA, and under 4 years of working experience. I signed up for the 4-school package and am proud to say I'm attending a top 10-15 program this Fall!

Susan was always available to talk through email, phone, or Skype even though we had a 3 hour coastal difference (California to NC). She had a good, upbeat attitude and always had something constructive to say from the initial application process to the mock interviewing. I was even waitlisted and she gave me sound advice throughout the lengthy waitlist process. I would definitely recommend StratusPrep!

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MBA Application
June 18 | 2017
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     By sandymo 0 0

I had held off on re-apply for an MBA program for a few years but Josh was extremely proactive and followed up with me. Eventually, I decided I was ready to re-apply again. I explained to Josh my availability and he paired me with Santosh. Santosh was an absolute pleasure to work with! He was very patient with me, prompt with answering my emails, and made me feel very comfortable about the whole process. He also helped me figure out which program would best fit what I was looking for an helped me edit my essays until I was 100% content with them. Additionally, Santosh pushed me to re-take my GMAT exam. Although I really didn't want to, I took the exam again and got a higher school - this definitely helped my admissions decision.

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MBA consulting
May 25 | 2017
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     By Luizarocha 0 0

I wanted to study in either of the two renowned business schools in Chicago, and I didn't have a very competitive gmat score. So a friend suggested I get consulting with Stratus Prep, more precisely with Santosh. He helped me a lot with the essays and the whole application process, which can be very exhaustive, so I definitely recommend consulting! Santosh was extremely supportive and he was available to help me out any time. It was clear to me that he did everything he could so I could get admitted. I am very grateful for all his help because alone I wouldn't get this far. I have been admitted in the school that I was dreaming of and Santosh is definitely a part of my success!

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     By turtlesnakemount 0 0

I worked with StratusPrep (now Stratus Admissions) and got into a M7 school, as well admissions with half scholarships from two other top 20 programs.

I am a bit of less traditional candidate with a background in academia and an artistic field; my past professional experience was all over the place and hard to package in the context of MBA admissions. I also didn’t have time to take GMAT so I used an earlier GRE score for my application. For all these reasons, I felt a bit uneasy as I began my application, and I decided to involve an up admission consultant.

I had initial assessments with three companies, and StratusPrep stood out immediately for the depth and honesty of my first phone call with case manager Josh. My strength and weakness were candidly analyzed, and the beginning of a strategy started to form as early as that call.
I asked for Santosh to be my case consultant. I read many great things about him in others’ review, and my later experience confirmed just how sharp and attentive he was. Santosh also responded to all my messages and calls within the hour even in late December and early January when I am sure he was swamped with requests from multiple clients (I applied for R2). My senior consultant Harold played a key role in helping me coming up with the list of schools and creating an effective core narrative.

I enjoyed working with Josh, Santosh and Harold, and thank them for helping me getting into a great school. For those who are like me and are coming from a non-business background and unfamiliar with the MBA ecosystem, I highly recommend StratusPrep for nailing an effective core strategy that stands out.

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     By mariajt 0 0

Working with Stratus was the best decision I made during my MBA application process. I worked with them on a five-school package, and thanks to their fantastic team and approach, I'm going to my top choice this fall.

My primary counselor, Jennifer Jackson, was wonderful to work with. She was patient, kept me on track with the timelines for each school, and gave insightful feedback that helped me draw out my best stories for my essays and interviews. She was always positive and thoughtful in our interactions, which alleviated a lot of the stress that goes along with the application process. Jennifer was also incredibly responsive and usually got back to me within 24 hours, even over the holidays.

In addition to Jennifer's counsel, Stratus' team-based approach helped me put my best foot forward in each application. My senior strategist, Susan, was a fantastic resource. She was extremely knowledgeable about every school that I applied to, and gave great feedback on how to optimize the content in my essays for each one. Having a secondary reviewer and proofreader look over my essays in addition to my primary and senior strategists was a great value-add. They identified areas for improvement and gave me peace of mind that weren't any grammatical mistakes.

I also really appreciated Stratus' commitment to great customer service. I always felt like I was their only client and that my applications were their priority. I ended up getting into four schools and within an hour of each acceptance, I got congratulatory emails from a number of team members.

Stratus is well worth the investment and I highly recommend to anyone considering an MBA.

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Donna Bauman is amazing!
May 11 | 2017
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     By GCDBR 0 0

To understand how good Donna Bauman is, I will first need to tell you a little bit about myself. I am from, perhaps, the most over-represented candidate pool (Indian male), and to complicate matters, I applied with a low GMAT, low GPA, middling extra-curricular activities, and (in my opinion) decent work experience in finance. With Donna’s help, I will now be attending one of H/S/W in the fall! Unequivocally, this would not have been possible without her.

I interviewed a lot of admission consultants, but what set Donna apart was her commitment, candor, and experience. Let me elaborate. Donna has a ton of experience working as an admissions committee member, and this gives her a unique sense of how best to position your story. Having been on the other side, she will be able to give you insights into how your application would likely be perceived by the admissions committee. International candidates, this is especially important for you. Donna has seen thousands of applications from international candidates. As an Indian male, I came from an incredibly competitive pool, but Donna’s insights helped me differentiate my application, and play up my strengths to help compensate for the low GPA and GMAT.

But there are other ex-adcoms in the admissions consulting biz, so what sets Donna apart? Her candor and commitment. From my first consultation call, she was honest with me. She straight up told me that H/S/W would be a very uphill climb, but that she would do everything in her power to help me achieve that goal. I respected her honesty, and continued to see it throughout the application process. In addition to her honesty, Donna was extremely supportive and provided me with a very personalized experience. Right from the beginning, she challenged me to introspect deeper. She took the effort to really get to know me – where I come from, where I want to go, what my beliefs and motivations were, in order to better help me tell my story.

Donna reviewed innumerable edits (on outlines, essays, resumes, emails) right until the very end, and went above and beyond what I expected– offering so much time to my story building, essays, navigating recommenders, and interview practice (even to schools I didn’t apply to with her). She was very patient with my million questions and edits. She would reply very promptly (same day), devoted an incredible amount of time to my application, and came up with insightful suggestions, edits and reviews to help me tell my story better and to tailor it effectively to each school.

I would be remiss to not mention my senior strategist, Harold, as well. Harold’s experience with finance candidates is invaluable. But more than his experience with finance candidates, he has an acute understanding of what each school wants to hear, and was so incredibly encouraging – especially at critical moments when I needed it. I very much appreciated his help in building my story, and his insightful comments on my essay outlines and the essays themselves, and would not have been able to turn out the applications I did without his help. Harold needs to be your senior strategist.

To summarize: Go with Donna! I am so grateful for everything she did for me. Yes, using an admissions consultant is pricey, but it is well worth getting into your dream school. I am confident that Donna will help you tell your best possible story. Not only is she an amazing admissions consultant, she is also such a great person, and I wholeheartedly recommend her to you.

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